St Albans Church

Church Leadership

It’s not just about going to church. It's about being church.

As a community, we acknowledge that each individual plays an important role in the ministry of the church. Whether we succeed or fail as a community is not up to one individual or one small group of people. It's about the power of God working through his church, the body of Christ.

We're a community of people constantly being challenged by God to find the places where our greatest passions meet the world's greatest needs, extending God's grace and mercy to all.



Rev. Mark Whittall

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Mark became the Incumbent of St. Albans Church in 2011. Mark was born in Montreal and grew up in Manotick, Ontario near Ottawa. His studies took him to Queen’s in Kingston and Oxford in the UK, where he completed degrees in engineering, physics and development economics.

He returned to Ottawa to begin his career in technology and international development in 1987. His work with Intelcan took him around the world. In 2005 he returned to university, this time to St. Paul University in Ottawa where he completed his Masters in Pastoral Theology in 2008. Mark was ordained as a priest of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa in 2008 and served as Incumbent of the Parish of Huntley in Carp until 2011.

The move to St. Albans in downtown Ottawa provided the opportunity to build a new congregation and to learn how to do and be church in new and exciting ways. Mark tells the story of St. Albans re-birth in his 2016 book ReInvention: Stories from an Urban Church. Ministry at St. Albans provides Mark with a unique opportunity to engage with diverse groups of people of all ages and backgrounds, including the folks at Centre 454 and students at the University of Ottawa. Mark also has a passion for working with children, a passion which is evident in his puppet collection!

At home, Mark shares his life with Guylaine, his wife of 26 years, and his two children, Jonathan, and Michelle. In his leisure time he enjoys sports, music and even a bit of quantum physics. His most recent book is ReImagine: Preaching in the Present Tense, which is about what happens when we let the stories of our lives intersect the stories of our faith.

Check out Mark's sermons & blog

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Chad Cecil is a pastor, musician, and songwriter who has worked in live performance, liturgical design and various church ministries for over 14 years. He is very grateful for the opportunity to serve the wonderful communities of St. Albans and St-Bernard. He has a B.A. in Worship Arts Leadership from Spring Arbor University.

Chad and his exquisite partner, Jennifer, immigrated from the U.S.A. in 2013 and now enjoy life in Ottawa with their little girl, Julie, and baby Margot.

He spends much of his time ensuring nobody forgets they are loved and walking alongside the discouraged; believing a little tenderness goes a long way. He is interested in people’s stories, poetry, and discovering obscure bands and musical genres.



  Rev. Gary Hauch

Gary Hauch head shotWe are thrilled to announce that the Rev. Canon Dr. Gary Hauch has joined us as Theologian in Residence at St. Albans Church. 

Gary recently retired from full-time ministry in the Diocese of Ottawa where he spent the previous 26 years as the incumbent of the Church of the Ascension. He has worked with university students and young adults as the college-career pastor in a large interdenominational church in Colorado and as a university chaplain. He holds a PhD inBiblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught part time at a number of schools, including Princeton Seminary, Tyndale Seminary, University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University. He is presently an honorary assistant at St. John the Evangelist and Theologian in Residence at St Albans Church in Ottawa.

Gary is married to Linda, who taught English at University of Ottawa for a number of years. They have two sons: David, who lives in Hamilton, and Nathan, who lives in Ottawa.



Annie MacTavish, Administration

After study at the Ontario College of Art, and many years as a graphic designer, in 2007 Annie MacTavish settled contentedly into her real job: working for churches, which she has been doing ever since.


Graham Smith - Artist in Residence

Graham was born in Sri Lanka and moved to London, England with his family in ‘63. Following school and college, an engineering career enabled travel. After living in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Melbourne, Sydney, Fort Mc Murray, Montreal, North Bay, Ottawa became his home in ’91. In between, Graham changed careers and became a chef. Inspired by the wonder of transformation from ingredients into artful taste, he wants Canadian children to take a lead role on environmental concerns and their own future. “I believe food became our first and earliest art form, from which sprang Civilization, spirituality, and giving praise. I believe children can change our world and theirs for the better  by demanding a future in which they feel free to walk without fear; to take on the stewardship of the good life that our elders have worked so hard to bring to this beautiful land, and which the whole world desires and respects.”


Parish Council

Wardens: Ron Chaplain and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-chairs: Jennifer McCrea-Logie and Gillian Wallace

Members: Dawn Zwicker, Alex Watson, Julie Drapeau-Heron, Robyn Sulkko, Moira Davis




Gillian Wallace, Prayers of the People

Always young at heart, Gillian provides lots of excitement and meaningful conversation while at St. Alban's. A member since 2014 and often sporting a different colour of hair every couple of months, she can be seen around St. Als wherever the spirit flows. She and her husband Iain believe that art and colour are among God's great gifts to humanity, and deserve to be celebrated in our church community.

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John Wright, Refugee Sponsorship Co-chair

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John Wright is an entrepreneur, artist, writer, sailor, skier, and long distance swimmer. He has a background of community contribution and leadership, including teaching Sunday School and Director of the Personnel Committee at Southminster United Church. Other experience includes Youth Director (sailing school) at the Britannia Yacht Club, and preparing plans, raising funds, and organizing a community-based initiative to naturalize Brewer Park.
Formerly a partner in the largest landscape architectural firm in Eastern Ontario, John transitioned to independent consulting in 2013. As both a registered planner and landscape architect, he specializes in urban design and design of public places, such as streetscapes, plazas, parks, and campuses.
A copy of Drawn Along The Way, an illustrated memoir of his Camino pilgrimage experience, is available to borrow at St. Albans.

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